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US ‘deeply concerned’ about approval of new settlement homes
State Department urges Jerusalem ‘to refrain from unhelpful actions’ after Netanyahu green-lights 300 units in Beit El, Jerusalem
BY DANIEL BERNSTEIN AND AFP July 30, 2015, 7:40 am
A tractor grabs an Israel flag as it tears down homes in the Beit El settlement July 29, 2015. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)A tractor grabs an Israel flag as it tears down homes in the Beit El settlement July 29, 2015. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
The United States denounced the Israeli government for green-lighting construction projects in the West Bank settlement of Beit El and Jewish neighborhoods in East Jerusalem, joining counterparts in the European Union and United Nations.
“We are deeply concerned about the Israeli government’s announcement today of the advancement of nearly 300 new housing units in the West Bank settlement of Beit El, as well as hundreds of new housing units in East Jerusalem,” read a statement from the State Department released late Wednesday evening.
The US “continues to view settlements as illegitimate and we strongly oppose steps to advance construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem,” it said, urging the government “to refrain from unhelpful actions that undercut the possibility of a two-state solution.”
Netanyahu approved Wednesday the “immediate” construction of 300 settler homes in the West Bank after his government came under pressure from right-wing Jewish groups as two buildings in the Beit El settlement were razed.
“After consultations in the Prime Minister’s Office, the immediate construction of 300 homes in Beit El has been authorized,” Netanyahu’s office said Wednesday, adding that planning for another 504 homes in East Jerusalem had also been approved.
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